Tyrone Times journalist, Anthony Quinn, has won a prestigious arts council award for his writing.
In addition to receiving a bursary of £5,000, Anthony has been partnered with the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University to help him deliver a major new creative work.
The Strand Literary award nominated author said he was delighted to receive the bursary in what promises to be a busy year with the publication of his historical thriller Blood-Dimmed Tide in September by No Exit Press, and the UK launch of his Celcius Daly detective novels, Disappeared and Border Angels in June and July by Head of Zeus.
In all, twelve of Northern Ireland’s most talented rising stars of the art world were awarded grants from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, including David Quinn, a performance artist, who is also from Dungannon.
Awards under the Artists Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES) are made annually to professional artists working in music, visual arts, literature and participatory arts and are among the most prestigious awards bestowed by the Arts Council each year.
Anthony’s latest novel Border Angels was published in October in the US and has already garnered critical acclaim, having been mentioned as a notable release of 2013 by Kirkus Reviews and listed as November Book of the Month by Raven Crime Reads.
Top US crime fiction reviewer Jeff Pierce wrote: “Anthony Quinn has quietly made a reputation for himself over the last couple of years as a purveyor of deftly plotted, dark-spirited and periodically lyrical yarns set amid the gurgling bogs and lurking mists of Northern Ireland.
“His first novel, Disappeared, won a spot on my list of 2012’s best crime-fiction works and went on to be nominated for a Strand Magazine Critics Award.
“Its sequel, Border Angels, is due out this month, and if there’s any justice in this world, it ought to earn Quinn more reader plaudits than a leprechaun has coins, and some headlines of his own to boot.”
Border Angels can be bought ahead of its UK release on Amazon, from Sheehy’s Bookstore in Cookstown, and No Alibis in Belfast’s Botanic Avenue.
Anthony added: “I am very excited about the UK and Ireland publication of Blood-Dimmed Tide in September. The book is set in London and Sligo at the end of WWI and has the poet WB Yeats as one of its central protaganists, which represents a departure for me in terms of my writing.
“Haunted by the restless spirit of an Irish girl whose body is mysteriously washed ashore in a coffin, Yeats undertakes a perilous journey back to Ireland with his apprentice ghost-catcher Charles Adams to piece together the killer’s identity.
“Surrounded by spies, occultists and diehard female rebels, the two are led on a gripping journey along Ireland’s wild Atlantic coast, through the ruins of its abandoned estates, and into its darkest, most haunted corners.”
Blood-Dimmed Tide, which has already recieved advance praise from Irish writer Ken Bruen as ‘truly wondrous and highly entertaining’, will be available in bookstores from September.